It’s been a while. Actually, it has been more than ten years now since we have seen a new entry in the F-Zero series. A shame if you ask me, because Nintendo fans all over the world can’t wait to play a new game in the franchise. It bugs me that Nintendo doesn’t listen to its fans. They just keep their mouth shut about the continuation of the series. It also bugs me even more that Nintendo is constantly teasing their fans with nods to the futuristic racing series in other games. C’mon guys!
The Nintendo Switch is great and all. With in a little over a year in we’ve seen tons of ‘old’ Wii U games getting the new Switch treatment. It’s cool to see Nintendo giving players who missed out on the Wii U a chance to play these games. However, it also feels as a stab in the back for gamers who did own Nintendo’s ill-fated system. Here’s why!
During my time as a gamer I’ve been an avid Nintendo gamer. Almost all of the video games ‘Big N’ releases are of stellar quality and deliver an experience like no other. Also Nintendo’s second party companies like HAL Laboratory manage to create games of high quality. HAL’s biggest franchise is of course the Kirby-one. This article will feature two of the games from that particular franchise. One which is pretty good and the other which is pretty bad, while both games are more or less execute the same concept on a different platform. Wanna find out what I am talking about?
A little over two weeks ago, Netflix pulled a great stunt by announcing and releasing Cloverfield Paradox at the same day. Pretty much everyone praised this move, but the fun was quickly over as many viewers found out the movies was a piece of sh*t. At least that was their opinion, but after watching it myself, I think this motion picture deserves a lot more love. Spoiler alert of course!
Back in the beginning of 2013 I was a young ambitious writer. I kept my writing skills up to par by occasionally writing some video game reviews. One of these games I played was Bioshock Infinite. And silly me wrote a review about the game after only finishing a quarter of it. Such a shame, because the game is a masterpiece! Well, I discovered that when I started playing it again last week. And boy what a great move that was.
We’re going back to the late year 2000 when top down racing game Micro Maniacs for the Sony Playstation, also known as Fox Kids.com Micro Maniacs Racing in North America, was released. With all eyes on the newly released Playstation 2, there were still some games, albethey quite overlooked, that came out for Sony’s predecessor. Micro Maniacs is such a game as it was a spinoff and spiritual successor of the Micro Machines series. Compared to the rest of the series this time the player controls one of the twelve characters instead of a miniature vehicle and together they run against each other in different spectacular household settings. So think about it as the Micro Machines games you all know so well, but then without the cars. Sounds fun, right?
You’re hopefully not here to expect to see some video games heavily influenced by hip hop culture. Because in that case you can’t be much further off. The works made by the Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher mainly feature a ton of mathematical objects and toyed around with perspectives. This can be seen in several of his works of art like Relativity (1953) and Waterfall (1961) amongst many others. Nowadays we see video game artists getting inspired by these great works of art and we often see these forms of inspiration featured in video games. However M.C. Escher, which is his well known abbreviated name, died in 1972 and never might have heard of the video game as a medium. In this article we take a look at a handful of video games that contain both visual and gameplay references to Escher’s art.